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Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now! 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2002, North Carolina senator Jesse Helms slipped language into a normally mundane farm bill stipulating that rats, mice and birds are not actually animals. Helms was kowtowing to the wishes of Big Pharma and some major research universities. As a result of this taxonomic rope-a-dope, today most non-human creatures housed in American biomedical research facilities are exempt from coverage under the primary federal animal protection legislation -- the Animal Welfare Act. (For a history of the Animal Welfare Act, see here .) Because rats, mice and birds are not animals, their numbers are not included in the annual animal-use reports research institutions are required to submit to the Feds each year. As a result, we have had no idea how many animals are used in research in the United States. Until now. Enter PETA. Even in animal protection circles, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is controversial. But whether or not you like PETA, it has been a major force in changing public attitudes about ...
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Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow! 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April -- the 45th anniversary of Earth Day -- I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the "Aging Boomers Club": Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children's children, and for -- and, I don't know that I have the words to overstate this -- our very future. And thank you, too, for making today possible. Oh, don't get me wrong, we wide-eyed, bomb-fearing, TV-addicted, Beatles-worshipping, suburb-loving, post-war Baby Boomers did not invent environmental activism. We only learned it at the knees of rugged, daring, free-thinking individualists like Teddy Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Ansel Adams, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Jacques Cousteau, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Robert Frost, Joni Mitchell and countless others. But, make no mistake; environmentalism had never been a movement until we came ...
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Celebrating Earth Day the Carnivore Way 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On April 22, 1970, at the urging of Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day -- a nation-wide demonstration to advocate for a healthier planet. This marked the formal start of the modern environmental movement and heralded the beginning of a coordinated American effort to live more sustainably and ethically with nature. Indeed, the first Earth Day led to the passage of a slew of environmental laws, including the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). Earth Day 1970 Photo by Bill Ingraham In my previous blog post (" The ESA: Taking Noah's Ark into a Brave New World "), I discussed our naiveté in assuming that saving species threatened by extinction would be as simple as creating laws like the ESA designed to function like Noah's Ark. There were many things we didn't know back then that we know now. For example, during Earth Day 1970, as our nation protested environmental degradation, we'd become aware of the mere tip of the environmental damage iceberg. ...
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Graphic Video Of Annual Canadian Seal Hunt Released By Animal Rights Group 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WARNING: This post contains graphic content that may upset some readers. The Canadian government in early March announced this year's quota for its annual, and highly controversial , seal hunt. The allocation for 2015? 468,000 harp, hooded and grey seals . In an effort to minimize inhumane treatment, the Canadian government mandates that seals can only be killed using a high-powered rifle or shotgun, a club or a hunting tool called a hakapik . Yet with the hunt in full swing, last week Humane Society International released shocking footage of baby seals being shot, clubbed and dragged aboard hunting vessels. Rebecca Aldworth , executive director of HSI's Canada chapter, told The Huffington Post that despite the legal protections, "what happens to these baby seals is some of the worst suffering I've ever witnessed." She spent last week in a helicopter off the northeast coast of Newfoundland getting a firsthand look at the seal hunt -- her 17th year doing so. Click to reveal graphic photo "Ever year we go ...
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Enough Abuse: Close Seaworld 19.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'The HuffPost Show' Takes On PETA And Its Controversial Partner Joe Arpaio 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA made headlines this week when it joined forces with former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson and controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to push for a vegetarian diet in prisons nationwide. But some have questioned whether Arpaio is the best-suited figure to lead the campaign. "The HuffPost Show" broke down the dubious history of both Arpaio and PETA during Friday's episode. Learn more about PETA's latest initiative in the video above, and watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here . -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Dash Cam Video Shows Officer Run Over Suspect In Arizona 15.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Police released video that shows an Arizona officer running over an armed suspect last month, sparking a debate over whether the cop saved the man's life or used excessive force. The video, released on Tuesday, was recorded on the dashboard cameras of two Marana police vehicles as they chased suspect Mario Valencia, who was on allegedly on a crime spree on February 19, CNN reports . In it, Valencia can be seen walking away from the patrol vehicle and firing a shot in the air from a rifle he is accused of stealing from a Walmart earlier that day. An officer can be heard on video telling another cop to stand down as he approaches Valencia, but Marana Police Officer Michael Rapiejko guns it in his vehicle, slamming into Valencia from behind. "Oh!" the officer in the video exclaims. "Jesus Christ, man down." Valencia was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in serious condition, according to KOLD . He stayed there two days before he was booked into jail. Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan said that ...
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The Elephant's No Longer in the Room: Four Lessons Animal Rights Groups, Zoos and Circuses can Learn From the Shift at Ringling Brothers 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey is ending more than a century where elephant acts were a defining mark of the circus. It is a smart business and political move, one that reflects a deeper change in cultural preferences. Even if animal rights activists motivated the change, in the long run it will likely attract more people more frequently to the circus, and reduce political and reputational risks to the company. But one important question remains: will the end of elephant shows by 2018 actually benefit Asian elephants -- not just those in captivity, but the large numbers in the wild, and the natural areas they inhabit? That depends on whether both sides can place intellectual honesty above political posturing, and begin to work together for a common aim. For example, right now, our organization and others are seeking to protect critical habitat to hundreds of Asian elephants and other endangered animal species, by setting aside a million hectares of Indonesian rainforest. The magnificent ...
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From Watersheds to Mountains: What if We Based Our Borders on Nature? 8.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth. There's little natural about the boundaries that divide states and countries. They're often imaginary lines that result from history, conflict, or negotiation. But imagine what the world would look like if borders were set according to ecological and cultural boundaries. Bioregionalism says that's the only logical way to divide up territory: Let watersheds, mountain ranges, microclimates, and the local knowledge and economies that exist in them guide the way we set boundaries. That way, life within those boundaries is tied together not by arbitrary decisions but by common interests. For instance, in the United States, there are many cases where ecologically and economically distinct areas are encompassed in one state, which makes for political difficulty. Oftentimes, no matter who wins in elections or policy, someone is left out or disenfranchised. Governing ourselves in smaller, naturally-bounded regions might ...
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"Cowspiracy": As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity and Climate Change 8.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As California experiences a massive drought, we examine the overlooked link between water shortages, climate change and meat consumption. With some 98 percent of the state suffering from a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25 percent. It is the first mandatory statewide reduction in California’s history. One group not facing restrictions is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California’s water. According to The Pacific Institute, 47 percent of a Californians’ water footprint is in meat and dairy products. We are joined by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the documentary, Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret. The film contends livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution despite many environmental organizations’ relative silence on the issue. TRANSCRIPT: AARON MATÉ: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to ravage California. Some 98 percent of the state is now suffering from a ...
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From Watersheds to Mountains, What If We Based Our Borders on Nature? 8.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Animal Advocates Cheer As Bill Aimed At High-Kill PETA Shelter Is Signed Into Law 26.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new Virginia law may put PETA's high-kill animal shelter out of the euthanasia business. Senate Bill 1381, which was signed by Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday , makes clear that a private animal shelter is "a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals." It's a small bit of language that could lead to a big change in the way that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals operates its single shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, where the high-profile, celebrity-courting group is headquartered. There, each year, nearly every cat and a clear majority of dogs who go into the shelter wind up dead . PETA lobbied against the bill , which overwhelmingly passed both houses with broad bipartisan support and will go into effect in July. "To an organization like PETA, whose average kill rate of companion animals taken into its 'shelter' exceeds 90 percent , this bill posed a threat," wrote its sponsor, Virginia state Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), in an op-ed earlier ...
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A Pet Peeve Against 'Pet Parenting' -- Time to Push Back Against Equating Animals With Children 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The other day I was winding down, lying half comatose on the couch watching cable network news when I was tossed out of my stupor by a PetSmart commercial . It featured a couple of "new parents" who adopt not one but two puppies from its store. "What's it like to be new parents?" the PetSmart employee asks the young couple. The commercial ended with the tagline "PetSmart has all you need to take care of your kids." Puppy, Parent, Kids? All of a sudden, owning a pet is equal to raising a child? This was upsetting to me. It's really stupid to equate parenting with pet ownership on the surface, and actually misguided in terms of how we in American society are led to think about animals and our relationship with them. Pets, and animals too, are not humans, and should not be considered or treated as such. But I should have known. Over the last decade, maybe as part of the "political correctness" phenomenon, our society is being pushed toward humanizing animals as equals in this country in many ways. Calling ...
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Thousands around the world celebrate spring by going meatless for a day 21.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thousands around the world celebrate spring by going meatless for a day
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Popeyes' New Ad Campaign Is A PETA Protest Waiting To Happen 18.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will launch a game on March 30 called " Red Stick Staredown " as its first mobile app to promote its new, limited-time menu product, Red Stick Chicken . The game relies on facial recognition technology to challenge "users to stare at a virtual chicken without blinking, turning their heads or scratching their faces. If the user outlasts the virtual chicken, they win," AdAge reports . Seems innocent enough, right? As its app photo depicts, the chicken that users will stare down is life-like, not cartoonish. The game concept itself appears half-baked, but the decision to have a realistic animal connect with potential customers seems like an absolute oversight. It's a PETA protest waiting to happen. The fried chicken fast food chain wants its clientele to look deeply into the eyes of an animal they will -- hopefully -- consume at a later time. Whether gamers win or lose the stare-down is really of no matter; they'll be able to chow down on their opponent, which will be killed, ...
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United Airlines Flight 1074 Passengers Tackle Man Allegedly Claiming To Have Bomb (VIDEO) 17.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
United Airlines passengers say they had to tackle a man who rushed the cockpit claiming he had a bomb. Flight 1074, which was headed for Denver , was abruptly grounded at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Monday night "after a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions," a United spokesman told NBC News . Officials wouldn't comment further on the incident, but a video made the rounds Monday night showing the suspect , apparently being held down by flight crew and other passengers. In the video (above) the bloodied suspect can be heard apologizing for the episode. "Relax," someone says on the video. "We're getting you home." Other passengers on the Boeing 737 told NBC News that the unruly suspect was tackled by other passengers when he attempted to reach the cockpit, claiming he had an explosive. Officials later said no explosives were found on the unidentified man, and he was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. The plane was carrying 33 passengers, and nobody else was ...
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TV Reporter Vuyo Mvoko Mugged At Gunpoint On Camera Before Live Report In South Africa (VIDEO) 11.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A reporter in South Africa was mugged on camera just as he was preparing to do a live report on national television. SABC News contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko was in Johannesburg covering the arrival of Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday when two thieves accosted him, according to Q13 Fox . In the video posted to YouTube by SABC, Mvoko can be seen calmly waiting for his segment to begin. One of the suspects enters the frame and reaches for Mvoko's phone, then pushes him out of view. Someone off-camera can be heard screaming. Mvoko said in a later interview that the other suspect pointed a gun at his crew and demanded all of their cell phones. "Hey, we’re being mugged," Mvoko says into his microphone. "We’re being mugged." With a gun pointed at his face, Mvoko complied, and the thieves fled, but not before their faces were recorded for the whole world to see. In a follow-up interview with an SABC host (below), Mvoko said he called police, but didn't say whether authorities had anyone in custody. On ...
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The Chickens You Eat Are Probably Pretty Darn Dirty 10.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You think you're ahead of the curve when it comes to buying meat. You choose the organic, free-range, vegetarian-fed, gluten-free chicken breasts at the meat counter and bring them home for dinner. But what does that even mean? A new documentary short from PBS Food hopes to shine a light on the hidden underbelly of our meat system, and the factory farms that are feeding the world's growing demand for protein . The segment is part of the network's exploratory food program, " Original Fare ." During the episode, foodie Kelly Cox interviews outspoken farmer Craig Watts , who made headlines late last year after he filmed the conditions inside his chicken barns to show how a Perdue animal lives. The footage is shocking. Birds are shown nearly featherless, with red bellies caused by a life lived on top of steaming compost, some unable to stand due to infected legs. Watts says the conditions are strictly mandated by Perdue and he follows them to the letter, but after the company's chairman released a ...
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Bowing to Public Pressure, Ringling Bros. to Phase Out 'Horrific' Exploitation of Elephants by 2018 5.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ringling Brothers circus to phase out elephant performances 5.3.2015 TreeHugger
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced today that it will stop using elephants in their shows by 2018.
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